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How to find saved Wi-Fi Passwords in Windows 10 and Windows 11

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How to View Saved Wi-Fi Password

If you know how to look at saved Wi-Fi passwords on your device, you won’t have to reset and re-configure them when you need them quickly. If you have forgotten your Wi-Fi password, one of the easiest ways to know the default Wi-Fi password is to check the back of your ADSL modem or router and use that to connect to your wireless network. However, if you’ve previously changed your Wi-Fi password, the only way to regain access to your wireless network is to either reset your modem to its default settings, find the Wi-Fi password from an old computer, or find it from other Windows 10 or 11 devices that are currently connected to the wireless network. Here is another guide on how to reveal the WiFi password of the Network you are connected to in Windows.

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How to view Saved Wi-Fi Passwords in Windows 10 or 11

We will be showing you three different ways in which you can quickly view the saved Wi-fi of your wireless network.  

Method 1: View the Wi-Fi Password of your Active Wireless Connection

If you simply want to see the Wi-Fi password for a wireless network that you are currently connected to, use this method. Use one of the remaining methods to check all the stored passwords on a Windows 10 or 11 computer.

To launch the Run dialog box, press the Windows key + R together. Type ncpa.cpl in the box and hit Enter to open the Network Connections page.

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Run dialog box

Right-click on your Wi-fi adapter and choose Status from the menu that appears.

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Network Connections

Click on Wireless Properties.

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Wi-Fi Status

Click the Security tab and check the box next to “Show characters.” You may be prompted to enter your UAC to view the Wi-Fi password for the wireless network.

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Method 2: How to View Saved Wi-fi Passwords Using Command Prompt

You can view the Wi-Fi passwords for any wireless network you’ve ever connected to using the command line. To do this follow the steps below.

Press the Windows key to open the Start menu and type CMD and select Run as an Administrator.

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Windows Start menu

Type the following command and press Enter to view all the saved Wireless profiles.

netsh wlan show profiles
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Command Prompt

You should see all the wireless networks you have previously connected to after running the above command. Find the wireless network you want to view the Wi-Fi password for, then enter the following command to display the password:

netsh wlan show profile name="Wireless-Name" key=clear

Replace the “Wireless-Name” with the name of the Wi-Fi network you want to view the password.

The command will display several information about the Wi-Fi password. Scroll down to Security Settings and view the Wi-Fi password next to Key Content.

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Command Prompt

If you are simply interested in seeing the password and know the Wi-Fi network’s name, you can also use the command shown below:

netsh wlan show profile name="network name" key=clear | find /I “Key Content”
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Command Prompt

Method 3: How to View Saved Wi-fi Passwords Using PowerShell

You can also view the Wi-Fi passwords for any wireless network you’ve ever connected to using PowerShell. To do this follow the steps below.

Press the Windows key to open the Start menu and type PowerShell and select Run as an Administrator.

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Windows Start menu

Copy and paste the following command to display all the Wi-Fi networks and their passwords.

(netsh wlan show profiles) | Select-String "\:(.+)$" | %{$name=$_.Matches.Groups[1].Value.Trim(); $_} | %{(netsh wlan show profile name="$name" key=clear)} | Select-String "Key Content\W+\:(.+)$" | %{$pass=$_.Matches.Groups[1].Value.Trim(); $_} | %{[PSCustomObject]@{ PROFILE_NAME=$name;PASSWORD=$pass }} | Format-Table -AutoSize

This command lists the names and passwords of every Wi-Fi network you’ve ever connected to.

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PowerShell

I hope you find this post helpful. If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comment section below.

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